Chocolate Dutch Baby + Weekly Menu


I think I may need a schedule change. With two nights a week spent away from home teaching, and another 1-2 nights for “date night” dinners, I feel as though my dinner-making is suffering. However, my kitchen time is not.

With all the fun winter citrus in season (namely Meyer lemons and blood oranges), baking has taken the place of dinner-making because I can do it at any time.

(It is no mystery as to why the scale fails to tread downward!)

chocdutchboy6 Unlike some recent creations, this one comes with a much kinder calorie count. Worst case scenario, you eat the WHOLE Chocolate Dutch Baby. Worst case scenario, that’s under 950 calories. Glass half-full, folks…glass half-full.

Best case scenario, a generous slice runs a mere 118 calories…and you feel no guilt over eating chocolate or dessert. You’ll think you just hit the “diet dessert” lottery. Added bonus for any low-carbers or diabetics — this recipes comes in at 14.4 grams of carbohydrate per serving!

You heard it here first, mkay?


Before giving any thought to actually Googling, “What is a Dutch baby?” I perused the ingredient list only to find out that I had every ingredient on hand. Chances are, you do, too.

It wasn’t until after tasting the Chocolate Dutch Baby that I 1) fell in love, and 2) Googled to find out what the heck a Dutch Baby actually is.

As it ends up, it’s more than just a cute, random name. Who knew?

chocdutchboy3 Traditionally, a Dutch baby is a breakfast item and is described as being very similar to a pancake (I would say “crepe” is more accurate, but I’m on the right path). The Dutch baby has German roots and is generally baked in a metal pan, such as a cast iron skillet.

Seeing as this Dutch baby contains chocolate and is mildly sweet, I consider it a dessert…that’s on the lighter side. They come together in less than 5 minutes and are likely to only stick around that long once being removed from the oven. I have to say, Dutch babies have me as a fan club member — delicious!


It is complete coincidence that this week’s menu is all fish and seafood and I can’t say I mind at all, whatsoever!

Weekly Menu: January 29th – February 2nd

I’ve got some serious lesson planning and grading to get done today. I’d also love to learn everything there is to know about Lightroom ASAP. With Picnik gone as of April, I need a solid back-up plan for photo editing! But of course, Lightroom isn’t what I would call “user friendly” by any stretch of the imagination.

Lots to do before dinner and hockey.

Be well,


  1. Who knew such a tasty looking chocolate dessert would be reasonable calorie-wise AND carb-wise. Not bad! I feel your pain about Picnik going away. I’m still in denial…so not cool!!

  2. We’ve had a couple customers at the store asking about specific ingredients for their meyer lemon desserts, such as fine sugar (what the heck?! I thought that was just powdered sugar!).
    This dessert looks delicious. Maybe you could add some broccoli to it like I did :) haha, no.

    I’m intrigued by the fancy fish sticks and the shrimp curry soup on the menu!

  3. This looks super decadent, yet the stats are fabulous! I love it! :-D

  4. Great pictures! I’m so glad you liked it. I actually never thought of it as a dessert, but it totally can be! Thanks for working out the stats – I knew it was good, but that’s amazing!

  5. Your Dutch baby looks & sounds wonderful!

    Hope your grading and lesson planning is going well. I’m supposed to be doing the same right now… ;)

    Have a great week!

  6. You had me at chocolate.

    This looks amazing – and low calorie too! Amazing!

  7. I just love how amazingly chocolatey this looks!

  8. Looks like a good week of eating ahead! Let me know what you think about the soup. :)

  9. I just want to shove my face right in the center! YUM!

  10. Another great recipe from your kitchen. Have to make time to prepare this. I love the amazing pictures you have. Keep posting healthy treats….Hugs!

  11. My husband loves Dutch Babies. But they’re definitely a breakfast item round these parts. I wonder if I could sell him on it as a dessert if it was chocolate.

  12. This is an education blog, but it has some great alternatives to picnik!

  13. Hi, I made this this morning and it didn’t work at all. I had to use a baking dish because I don’t have a cast iron skillet. My family has been making Dutch babies for years, it’s actually my moms favorite breakfast. Usually the recipes we make call for mixing the ingredients in the blender which is what causes the Dutch baby to puff up. Your Dutch baby never puffed up, it never seemed quite done. The only thing that helped it was the banana compote I made to go along with it.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Meghan, I’m sorry to hear that. This Dutch baby didn’t puff up as much as some others…but I do think the key is cast iron to get some rise and that even, hot bake.


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